This page shows news, updates, and developments of the technology and datasets of GeneticHomeland.com and geocoded genealogy records.

Mar 9, 2017

Updated links to DNA Mapping Projects at FTDNA

Dec 18, 2016

Fixed bugs in Save Map function and listing of previously saved maps on the user profile page. Also made web security hardening enhancements.

Aug 5, 2016

Added over 17,000 new Y-DNA SNP markers from various sources (e.g. YFull) to our DNA SNP Marker Index. This brings the total Y markers to over 78,000. We also incorporated NIH research id (rsid) values as alternate names that can be searched for. (e.g. searching for "rs20321" is the same as searching for "M222")

Also added file processing for FTDNA's new SNPs as CSV file format on the DNA File Upload tool.

Aug 2, 2016

Minor updates on linked books and references.

Jan 18, 2016

Added our Legacy Y-STR Marker Conversion Notes for researchers working on assembling old STR data.

Aug 31, 2015

Homeland Finder functionality concentrated on web site. Compiled application removed from Google Play store.

Mar 8, 2015

SSL Security Enhancements

There was technology news this past week of the so called 'FREAK' vulnerability to Microsoft and other encryption technologies. The threat involves client devices downgrading the ciphers to older, vulnerable algorithms and then cracking the server encryption key. To protect your data and prevent such an exploit, we did not wait for vendor patches but instead made a number of cryptographic enhancements to our technology platforms over the weekend:

  1. Rekeyed and upgraded all SSL certificates to a longer signature key length.
  2. Implemented Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) to make each user session's data encryption key unique and inhibit 'capture and replay' exploits in case the server key is compromised in the future.
  3. Made the upgraded TLS v1.1 and 1.2 protocols available for client connections.
  4. Removed support on the servers for older ciphers with weaknesses such as DES56, RC2 and RC4 so that these downgrade attacks are not possible.
  5. Tested genetichomeland.com with an independent evaluation tool and received a grade of "A" for SSL encryption security.

Most users will not notice a difference but older versions of browsers and communication devices may no longer be able to connect to https://www.genetichomeland.com. e.g.

If someone experiences an SSL-related issue this week, please upgrade to the latest software version and you should be able to connect again.

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